19 October 2013

Good looking potato

Most of you who know me, also know very well that grocery shopping is clearly not one of my core competencies. I have rarely done it and I am totally clueless about the aisle layouts. Once in a blue moon, Sharmila will hand me a list of things to pick up. Typically, once in the store, I will look at the top of the list and then roam around the store looking for that item, listlessly 🙂 Eventually, I will give up, call her up and then ask for instructions. She will remotely guide me to the aisle, I will find the item and then tell her “I have got it from here” before dropping the call.
Then I will see the next item on the list, again walk around the whole store completely confused where to find the item, call her back again…. and so on … till I have made as many calls as there are items on the list. It is the same story every single time.
So, these days, she tries to be very explicit in her instructions when she absolutely needs me to go to the grocery store.
This is the text message I got from her when I was out running an errand this morning.
The good news is, following her directions, I landed up in the potato section. Except there were lots and lots of potatoes. And I had no idea in God’s green earth when to deem a potato “good looking”. Frankly, they all looked rather unseemly to me 🙂
As you must have guessed, a phone call ensued… 🙂 🙂


Posted October 19, 2013 by Rajib Roy in category "Humor", "My Family


  1. By Bijit Bose (Post author) on

    Alu niye aluchona na korle alur bodole shankalu chole aste parto, so calling was the right thing to do.

  2. By Samaresh Mukhopadhyay (Post author) on

    In-store positioning apps makes sense. As you enter a location the app will download layout and product positioning info to guide you thru the aisle. Are there apps already I’m this category? Not sure.

  3. By Hiren Desai (Post author) on

    Hilarious, I do end up making three calls on an average before I finish my grocery homework. Even when i arrive at the item-location I get confused on which item / brand to pick up..!!

  4. By Rajib Roy (Post author) on

    Don’t I feel stupid that you think this is so dumb that I am manufacturing it!!! Actually, this is totally true . You can check with Sharmila.

  5. By Rajib Roy (Post author) on

    Btw, you may want to limit your discussion with Sharmila to thus fault of mine only. She has a much longer list, if you have the time 🙂

  6. By Hiren Desai (Post author) on

    Oh Rajib, I forgot to mention – I have been very stressed sometimes when I forget my mobile for “rush grocery shopping” when we have guests for dinner. Then the “agony in the aisle” is multiplied !! I have suffered desperate moments when I consult random women what the item refers to from the plethroa of “similar” looking stuff to choose from ? If it works out fine I am good, if it is not I blame “that woman” for misguiding me!

  7. By Anushree Mukhopadhyay (Post author) on

    Na Sharmila ke jiggesh korar dorkar nei. Tor kathai jothesto.Bolte chaichi aloo bacha ta eto kothin kaj noi. I mean kono rocket science noi jar jonye expert hote hobe.


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